Have you ever wanted to be able to split your Microsoft Project screen into two windows so that you can easily work in two separate areas of your Microsoft Project schedule at the same time?
This would be great for viewing one section of the schedule in one window and another section of the same schedule in another window. Just imagine how powerful a function like this would be, especially when working through some complicated task relationships that go between drastically different areas of the schedule! The great news is that we can use the windows feature of Microsoft Project to configure our view to resemble a split screen. And you are in luck, because it is very easy to do.
To setup a split screen function in Microsoft Project, just follow the simple set of steps below:
Step 1: Open the Microsoft Project schedule that you would like to use a split screen function in and close all other schedules. Note that you can do this tutorial with more than one schedule open but it is much easier with only a single Microsoft Project schedule file open
Step 2: Go to the View tab and click the ‘New Window’ button in the Window group
Step 3: The New Window definition box will open. You will see the name of the file that is currently open highlighted in the window. Under the View dropdown, select the view that you would like to duplicate. By default, the Gantt with Timeline view will be selected. I typically like to pick the ‘Gantt Chart’ view option or the view that I am currently using in the open schedule. If you are unsure, just select ‘Gantt Chart‘ and then click ‘OK’
Step 4: Microsoft Project has now opened a second window with our project schedule in it. To see this second window, go to the View tab and click on the ‘Arrange All’ button in the Window group.
You can click the ‘Arrange All’ button repeatedly to change how Microsoft Project organizes the open windows. Keep clicking the ‘Arrange All’ button until you have a view that you like. With only a single file open in two windows, one view should have the two windows stacked on top of each other and the second view should be the two windows side-by-side as shown below.
This is how the schedule will look with the two windows arranged side-by-side.
And this is how the schedule will look with the two windows stacked on top of each other.
From here, you can now scroll to different areas of the schedule in either window and make changes as desired.
Once complete, just save your project schedule and close either one of the windows to close out of the duplicate screen/split screen function. It doesn’t matter which window you close. They are both the same file. And once one is closed, you can expand the remaining window to full screen.
Hopefully you find this very short tutorial useful!